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Strategy Log

The Strategy Log is a simple note-taking tool designed to help students identify the strategies they use while reading. Students monitor their own reading habits and keep a "diary" of reading activities and the specific strategies they employ.

At a deeper level, the Strategy Log allows students to self-assess their own facility with multiple reading strategies. Logs often reveal that students overuse some strategies, while failing to use others. Logs also show deficiencies in student understanding of specific strategies and failures to match the appropriate strategy to a reading task.

Steps to Strategy Logs:

  1. Explain the purposes of Strategy Logs, particularly their diagnostic power—their ability to uncover specific strengths and weaknesses in a student's approach to reading.

  2. Present the Strategy Log form (see below) and give examples of self-analysis of reading habits.

  3. Create a "trial" assignment with all students reading the same selection, completing the Strategy Log form during class time, and discussing their observations with one another.

  4. Don't forget to provide students with a list of possible reading strategies to be recorded in the log. If any strategy is unclear, take the opportunity to "reteach" this strategy to the class.

Learn More:

  • Lenski, Susan D., Wham, Mary Ann, & Johns, Jerry L. (1999). Reading and learning strategies for middle and high school students. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt.